Tennis against racism: New York stops for a day

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Tennis against racism: New York stops for a day

The protest staged by the NBA world against the aggression suffered by Jacob Blake (29-year-old African American paralyzed from the waist down after receiving seven gunshots behind) we will find it in the history books. After the no of the Milwaukee Bucks - who should have played against the Orlando Magic in Game 5 of the first round of the playoffs - all the teams present in the Orlando "bubble" have decided not to appear on the field.

Not even the world of tennis remained indifferent to the facts: even if it was Naomi Osaka who gave the decisive push. Fresh from the quarter-final success of the Premier V in Cincinnati against Anett Kontaveit (a completely circumstantial detail), the Japanese had no problem taking a position.

And to express their intention not to play the semifinal against Elise Mertens. “As many of you know, I was to play my semifinal tomorrow. However, before being an athlete, I am a black woman. And as a black woman, I believe there are more important things to pay attention to than watching myself play tennis.

I don't think anything drastic will happen if I don't play, but starting a conversation in a mostly white sport is a step in the right direction. Watching the continuing genocide of black people at the hands of the police makes me sick.

I'm tired of seeing a new hashtag pop up every day and I'm tired of always repeating the same speeches. When will we have enough?" wrote on social media.

Historical decision also for tennis

Shortly after - with a joint statement - ATP, WTA and USTA took the historic decision to positicpate all matches from Thursday to Friday.

It goes without saying that even the finals of the Western & Southern Open played this year in the New York bubble of Flushing Meadows, could be postponed. "As a sport, tennis takes a collective stance against racial inequality and social injustice that has once again been catapulted to the fore in the United States.

The USTA, the ATP Tour and the WTA have decided to recognize this historic moment by suspending the Western & Southern Open on Thursday 27 August. The matches will restart on Friday 28 August »reads the note Meanwhile there are out of the US Open Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Gael Monfils, Fabio Fognini, Stan Wawrinka, Nick Kyrgios, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Lucas Pouille, Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Jarry, Ashleigh Barty, Simona Halep, Elina Svitolina, Andreescu, Kiki Bertens, Belinda Bencic, Wang Qiang, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Saisai Zheng, Julia Goerges, Barbora Strycova, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Fiona Ferro , Lin Zhu, Yafan Wang, Anastasia Potapanova and Samantha Stosur.

Among the stars there will be Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Stefanis Tsitsipas, Alexander Zverev, Dominic Thiem, Serena Williams, Sofia Kenin, Petra Kvitova and Karolina Pliskova.